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South Derbyshire District Council

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

This council declared a climate emergency on June 27, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2030

“In May 2021 the Climate and Environment Action Plan was updated to reflect the Council’s pathway to carbon neutral for the councils activities aim by 2030.”

Whole area pledge for 2050

“In May 2021 the Climate and Environment Action Plan was updated to reflect the Council’s pathway to carbon neutral for the councils activities aim by 2030 and district aims of carbon neutrality before 2050.”

Climate Plan Scorecard

This council’s climate plans as of 20th September 2021 were assessed and scored by trained Climate Emergency UK volunteers, as part of the Council Climate Plan Scorecards project.

Show the full Scorecard Read more about the scoring process

South Derbyshire District Council was a top performer amongst district councils, in the Measuring and setting emissions targets section.

SectionSouth Derbyshire District CouncilAverage district council
Total score70%43%
Section 1 Governance, development and funding
20/21
9.4/21
Section 2 Mitigation and adaptation
9/18
8.1/18
Section 3 Commitment and integration
6/7
3.8/7
Section 4 Community, engagement and communications
8/9
4.7/9
Section 5 · Top performer Measuring and setting emissions targets
5/5
2.6/5
Section 6 Co-benefits
1/4
1.9/4
Section 7 Diversity and inclusion
2/5
0.5/5
Section 8 Education, skills and training
2/5
1.5/5
Section 9 Ecological emergency
2/4
1.8/4

Emissions data

655.6 ktCO2e

2019 emissions

6.1 tCO2e

per capita

1.9 ktCO2e

per km2

Latest CO2 estimates from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. County and combined authority data combined from constituent authorities.

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of emissions profile, deprivation, rural/urban population density, and geographical nearness. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Lichfield District Council81%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council80%NoNo targetNo
Cambridgeshire County Council77%Yes2050May 14, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council77%Yes2030June 25, 2019
North Northamptonshire Council76%YesNo targetNo
West Northamptonshire Council76%YesNo targetNo
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority75%Yes2050No
New Forest District Council74%NoNo targetNov. 6, 2021
Bassetlaw District Council73%NoNo targetNo
Wiltshire Council73%Yes2030Feb. 26, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of their emissions profile, based on the latest data from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
South Cambridgeshire District Council96%Yes2050Nov. 28, 2019
East Cambridgeshire District Council92%Yes2050Oct. 17, 2019
Uttlesford District Council89%Yes2030July 30, 2019
Lichfield District Council88%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Babergh District Council88%Yes2030July 23, 2019
Teignbridge District Council87%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Breckland District Council87%No2035Sept. 19, 2019
Huntingdonshire District Council86%NoNo targetNo
Test Valley Borough Council85%Yes2050Sept. 4, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council85%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019

These councils grographically border or overlap with South Derbyshire District Council. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Derby City Council98%Yes2050May 23, 2019
North West Leicestershire District Council97%Yes2030June 25, 2019
Amber Valley Borough Council96%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Erewash Borough Council95%No2050No
East Staffordshire Borough Council95%Yes2040Aug. 17, 2020
Derbyshire County Council95%Yes2032No
Lichfield District Council94%NoNo targetDec. 10, 2019
Derbyshire Dales District Council93%Yes2030May 30, 2019
Staffordshire County Council91%Yes2050July 25, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in high deprivation, medium deprivation, and low deprivation neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
Kent County Council97%Yes2030May 23, 2019
West Sussex County Council95%Yes2030April 5, 2019
Fylde Borough Council94%NoNo targetNo
Staffordshire County Council94%Yes2050July 25, 2019
South Ribble Borough Council94%Yes2030July 24, 2019
Broxtowe Borough Council94%Yes2027July 17, 2019
Gloucestershire County Council94%Yes2030May 15, 2019
Derbyshire County Council94%Yes2032No
High Peak Borough Council94%Yes2030Oct. 15, 2019
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council92%Yes2030July 10, 2019

These councils are the most similar to South Derbyshire District Council in terms of the proportion of their population living in urban, rural, and highly rural neighbourhoods. Read more about how we calculate this.

Council nameSimilarityHas planCarbon Neutral byDeclared emergency
North West Leicestershire District Council97%Yes2030June 25, 2019
North Lincolnshire Council95%Yes2030No
Teignbridge District Council94%Yes2025April 18, 2019
Vale of White Horse District Council94%Yes2045Feb. 13, 2019
Cambridgeshire County Council94%Yes2050May 14, 2019
South Staffordshire Council94%YesNo targetSept. 10, 2019
Central Bedfordshire Council92%Yes2030March 5, 2019
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority91%Yes2050No
Broadland District Council90%Yes2050No
Folkestone and Hythe District Council90%Yes2030July 24, 2019

Powers & Responsibilities

South Derbyshire District Council is a Non-Metropolitan District, with powers over:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
    Environmental health

    Climate actions might include:

    • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
    • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000. for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Planning and building control

    Climate actions might include:

    • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
    • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
    • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
    • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
    • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Social housing

    Climate actions might include:

    • prioritising energy efficiency when building new council-operated social housing schemes – for example, through the Passivhaus standard
    • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock, through loans from the local authority

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Spending, procuring, and investing

    Climate actions might include:

    • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
    • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
    • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
    • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
    Waste collection

    Climate actions might include:

    • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
    • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

    See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

    Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

    More about this council

    southderbyshire.gov.uk
    South Derbyshire District Council’s official homepage.
    @sddc
    South Derbyshire District Council’s Twitter account.
    Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
    Check South Derbyshire District Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
    Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
    Discover climate groups in this area, data about South Derbyshire District Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

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